Pierre Huyghe Awarded Kurt Schwitters Prize

Pierre Huyghe has won the 2015 Kurt Schwitters Prize, Hannoversche Allgemeine reported.

The 52-year-old French artist, known for his “living art” installations, was awarded the prize for his “contemporary reinterpretation of Schwitters’ principles of collage and the poetry of everyday life,” the jury has announced. Huyghe will be granted €25,000 ($28,537) in prize money.

On Thursday, the Sprengel Museum, Hannover announced in a statement that Huyghe will be presented with the award at the end of the year. The museum also revealed that an exhibition featuring the artist’s work is planned to coincide with the museum’s award ceremony.

Born in 1962, Huygye works in a variety of media spanning film, sculpture, and living systems. The artist has numerous international solo exhibitions under his belt at renowned institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013); the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010); the Tate Modern, London (2006); and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2003).

The Kurt Schwitters prize was founded in 1982 by the city of Hannover, and is awarded bi-annually by the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, the charitable subsidiary of the German Sparkasse Bank. The prize is awarded to contemporary artists whose work contains conceptual references to Kurt Schwitters. Born in Hannover, Schwitters was one of the most important figures of European avant-garde.


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